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Terracotta oinochoe (jug)

Period:
Hellenistic
Date:
late 4th–early 3rd century B.C.
Culture:
Greek, South Italian, Apulian
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. with handle 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Classification:
Vases
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1906
Accession Number:
06.1021.255
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 161
Yellow-slipped pottery is unusual in Apulia but typically occurs in pairs of oinochoai and paterae. The jug served to pour liquids and the patera was one of several shapes used for offerings. The handle of the patera is in the shape of a youth with hands raised; two rams form the transition to the bowl; and a ram's head appears below the youth's feet—a convention for bronze handles since the Archaic period.
Krauskopf, Ingrid. 1995. "Überlegungen zur zeitlichen Diskrepanz zwi[s]chen Metallgefässen und ihren Nachbildungen in Ton." Vaisselle Métallique, Vaisselle Céramique: Productions, Usage et Valeurs en Étrurie, Revue des études anciennes 97, Jean-René Jannot, ed. pp. 80, 87, ill. 15, Bordeaux: Revue des Études Anciennes.

de Puma, Richard Daniel. 2013. Etruscan Art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. p. 153, 154, New Haven and London: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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